Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Symptoms

Everything you need to know
about Arthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis signs and symptoms might include:

  • Pain in the joints
  • Stiffness in the morning or after spending time sitting
  • Tenderness, touching the region makes it hurt
  • Inability to move, the joint won’t move over its full range of motion
  • Grating, the joint may feel like it is rubbing against something.
  • Around the joint, bone spurs, and lumps of bone form.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can include:
  • Pain in the joints, tenderness, and swelling for at least six weeks.
  • Stiffness for at least 30 minutes in the morning
  • Affected are multiple joints, particularly the tiny joints in your hands, wrists, and feet.
  • Affected joints are the same ones on both sides of the body.

Gout Symptoms

Gout can affect any joint, although it most frequently affects the toes, ankles, knees, and fingers, which are the joints closest to the extremities of the limbs.

Gout symptoms and signs include:

  • Extreme discomfort in one or more joints
  • The joint is heated and extremely sensitive
  • Swelling around and inside the injured joint
  • Skin that is glossy and red around the injured joint

In most cases, symptoms persist for three to ten days and appear suddenly over the course of a few hours. After this period, the joint should return to normal and the pain should subside.

Almost everyone who has gout will eventually have more bouts, generally within a year.

Infectious Arthritis Symptoms

Infectious arthritis symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swelling in the joints
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp pain that is caused by an infection or injury somewhere else in your body.

When to call a doctor

Call your doctor or 111 if:

  • The stiffness and pain appear suddenly for no obvious reason.
  • A fever goes along with the pain.
  • The joint becomes extremely sensitive and inflamed, and the pain comes on suddenly.
  • You experience discomfort and stiffness in your arms, legs, or back after brief periods of sitting or following a night’s sleep.
  • You’ve had painful or swollen joints for longer than two weeks.
  • For more than two weeks, your joints have limited motion.